Singapore Infocomms Research Institute to use IBM silicon germanium process

12/4/2002 - IBM and the Institute for Infocomm Research or I2R (a merger of the Institute for Communications Research and Laboratories for Information Technology), announced a new project in which the Singapore national research and development organization, will use IBM's silicon germanium (SiGe) technology for the development of integrated circuits, used in wireless and wired networking applications.

I2R will also collaborate with IBM to develop a 5 GigaHertz (GHz) high-data-rate wireless local area network (WLAN) radio transceiver system based on IBM's advanced 0.25u SiGe technology. The I2R 5 GHz radio transceiver system will employ state-of-the-art direct conversion architecture that reduces power and eliminates off-chip components such as filters. IBM technology will enable significant CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) logic integration, with high performance SiGe HBT (Hetero-junction Bipolar Transistors) devices. IBM's SiGe technology has been adopted for many leading-edge WLAN solutions. I2R plans to develop other wireless communications IP using IBM's SiGe technology.

SiGe technology
Silicon germanium is a technology pioneered by IBM that is revolutionizing the design of wireless and wired electronic products. SiGe is a process technology in which the electrical properties of silicon, the material underlying virtually all modern microchips, are augmented with germanium to make the chips operate more efficiently.

IBM first revealed its SiGe technology in 1989, and was first to introduce the technology into high-volume standard chip production. Since then, it has been adopted by a wide range of companies for a variety of applications, including RF components in cellular handsets, WLAN chipsets, hard disk drives, global positioning products, high-speed test and measurement equipment, and chipsets for optical data transmission systems.

SiGe technology provides increased integration capabilities, enabling designers to reduce the size and cost of electronics products. The growing use of silicon germanium in chip applications has been driven by the requirements of the communication and computer industry for a combination of very high speed, reduced power consumption and the economies made possible by SiGe's production on standard silicon-based semiconductor tooling and manufacturing lines.

Last month, IBM announced it has created the world's fastest silicon-based transistor, which uses silicon germanium bipolar technology. The transistor, a key component in microchips, uses a modified design to achieve speeds of 350 GHz. IBM's new transistor performs nearly 300 percent faster than today's production devices, and is 65 percent faster than previously reported silicon transistors.

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About the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)
The Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) was established through the merger of the Institute for Communications Research (ICR) and the Laboratories for Information Technology (LIT). I2R integrates the R&D capabilities of ICR and LIT in communications and information technology. Their capabilities are in wireless and optical communications, and information science and technology, in particular, enabling technologies and processes that will drive new and enhanced services in a knowledge-based economy. For more information, please visit

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